The Bad Santa, who lost his job due to “inappropriate photos,” has been gifted new gigs in town.
After Santa-actor Gary Haupt lost his job last month, outlets across the community took him in as their new Santa.
He has since taken on eight new appearances so far as Santa for the season.
But despite his $50/hour fee, it hasn’t made up for the $5,000 he would have made at the mall, he said.
Despite all that however, Haupt added he doesn’t regret posting his cheeky photos online.
“Those pictures are not going to change anything about me,” he said to Global News.
[Updated: December 16, 2019]
Santa put himself on the naughty list this year after posting two inappropriate photos online.
The Bad Santa was fired from Cherry Lane Shopping Centre in Penticton, B.C., after mall management deemed his photos inappropriate.
The first photo was posted November 22 with Haupt, a.k.a Santa, and his friend Michelle Prystay.
Prystay, a nail technician, was at Haupt’s home doing his wife’s nails. Haupt’s wife took a photo of him pretending to grab the technician’s breasts.
“I finished her nails that day and he came up behind me posing for pictures and his wife took the picture, so it was just out of great humour,” Prystay told Global News.
The second photo was at the mall on Saturday, where a patron asked for a photo of Haupt pretending to drink from a flask.
“Because I am not bright I said, ‘oh sure, I’ll do that,’” Haupt told Global News. “Although the cap was on the flask, the pictures were taken, and again, because I am not bright, I put them up on the Facebook page.”
Haupt also shared the photo to the 19,000-member Penticton community Facebook page.
Last year, this Santa agreed to a photo where he pretended to spank a group of young women.
Haupt said the photos were only meant to be funny.
“This kind of makes me feel dirty, it kind of makes me feel like I’ve really let somebody down,” he said. “Like I’ve really done something I shouldn’t have done.”
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